19 November 2014

Fall Fun

We have been busy the past couple of weeks!  We have had lots of fun reading different versions of The Little Red Hen and comparing and contrasting the books.  Students were able to make a sequencing page of the story of the Little Red Hen.  Ask your child to use these pictures to retell the story to your family.  We had fun class discussions about the choice The Little Red Hen made in the story to not share her bread with the other animals because they didn't help her.  Students decided whether or not they would share their bread with others if they were The Little Red Hen and we created a class graph of the students' choices.

We also read The Enormous Watermelon and other "enormous" books which included:  The Enormous Carrot, Big Pumpkin, The Enormous Potato, and The Enormous Turnip.  Students were able to discuss and identify the characters, setting, problem and resolution in each of the stories.  We also brainstormed other words that mean "enormous" such as gigantic, large, huge, humongous, big, and massive.

All of these books helped the students learn about other comprehension strategies:  prediction and questioning.  We will be focusing on using these strategies as we read books aloud together.  Students are able to make predictions of what they think will happen next in the story.  We have also been talking about the importance of asking questions before, during and after reading.  Sometimes questions are answered in the text and some of the answers to our questions are left up to our own imaginations.  We will continue working on using questioning strategies when reading for then next few months.

We are still working on handwriting of numbers through 10 and letters f, k, o, w, and z.  Practice phonemic awareness skills of being able to identify beginning sounds of words and blending phonemes (individual sounds) together.

Next month students will need to pass off rote counting to 100 and counting objects to 20.  Please practice these skills at home with your child.  We have also been working on developing our number sense by focusing on a number and finding all the ways to build that number or all of the combinations to make that number.  Such as, 5 can be 1 and 4; 2 and 3; 0 and 5; 4 and 1 or 3 and 2.

Reminders:
November 26-28: Thanksgiving Holiday - NO School


07 November 2014

Four Seasons

This week we have been reading and learning about the four seasons of the year. We have been able to read several fact books about the four seasons and learn about what happens in each season. We also have learned and discussed what the weather is like in each season, what we wear in each season and what animals do in the different seasons. Students have been doing a great job of using their reading strategies to help them gather information from the books we have read.

We have also focused a lot on the difference between facts and opinions. Students should be able to tell you what a fact is and what an opinion is. At home talk with your child and help them share their opinion about a fact you have heard.  We focused on the fall season and identified facts about the fall season and our opinions about the fall season.

At school we have been busy building repeating patterns with blocks, pictures, and tiles. We have worked on simple patterns such as AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC. Use a variety of objects, movements, and sounds to create patterns with your child. Ask your child to define "repeating pattern" and they should be able to tell you that a pattern is something that repeats or goes over and over again and you can tell what comes next. Have your child identify the core (the part that repeats) of patterns you create together.

We have continued handwriting practice and have worked on handwriting of the following letters: a, d, g, h, t, x, b, i, l, p, s and f. Thank you for continuing practicing handwriting on the homework with your child. We have also continued identifying rhyming words and identifying beginning sounds of words orally.




29 October 2014

Pumpkinland!

We had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Vineyard Nursery and enjoy their "Pumpkinland".  In class we have been discussing and learning about the four seasons and specifically the fall season.  We have been talking about the signs of fall and this was the perfect opportunity to see the signs of fall.  We had lots of fun looking at the different types of pumpkins and gourds.  Students got lost in a corn maze and also were able to see how corn grows.  We also were able to see giant sunflowers and talk about how we get sunflower seeds from the heads of the sunflowers.

Students worked on an "I Spy" page in which they looked for various items throughout Pumpkinland.  It was a fun day and we appreciate all of the parents who were able to help us out by attending the field trip and helping students enjoy their day!  Thank you!








26 October 2014

Pumpkinland Field Trip

Just a reminder about our field trip coming up on Tuesday, October 28th.  We will be outside the whole day so please dress your child appropriately for the weather.  Also, students will not be bringing a pumpkin home from the field trip.

On Friday, October 31st we will have our Halloween parades.  Morning kindergarten parade will be at 11:15am and the afternoon kindergarten parade will be at 1:30pm.  They are welcome to wear their costumes all day.

23 October 2014

Concluding Bats

This week we finished our study of bats by completing a bat facts book which included activities such as identifying how birds and bats are alike/different, recording how bats are helpful/harmful, discussing how bat mothers care for their young and writing and illustrating our favorite bat fact.  We loved learning about how bats use echolocation to find insects at night.

We have been working on handwriting of the letters b, i, l, and p.  So far this year our handwriting has covered the letters:  t, h, a, d, g, x, b, i, l, and p.  You will see these letters on homework practice as well as in words that can be sounded out and our month's sight words.  Practice writing the numbers 0, 1, 2, and 3, 4 and 5.

We have started our ongoing study of patterns.  Students are learning that a pattern is something that repeats over and over.  They are beginning to build their own patterns and to identify what will be next in a pattern created by someone else.  Look for patterns everywhere, they are all around -- we can even listen for patterns too!

In math we have also been practicing identifying more/less when comparing numbers or objects.  Students are also getting good at figuring out how many is two more/two less when given a numeral or amount of objects.

We are working hard on writing our own stories.  By now students should be able to write with spaces between their words and use some type of punctuation mark at the end of their sentences.  They should also be able to get at least a beginning sound for each word in their story and also adding ending sounds for words as well.  Keep writing with your child at home!
Thank you to all the parents we were able to meet with this week.  We appreciate all you do at home to help your child at school.

Reminders:  
Pumpkinland Field Trip:  Tuesday, October 28th we will be going on a field trip to Vineyard Nursery in Orem.  We will be outside the entire time so please dress your child appropriately for the weather.



Halloween Parade:  Friday, October 31st we will be having a morning Halloween parade at 11:15am.  Your child may wear his/her costume throughout the day.  The afternoon students will participate in the school wide parade at 1:30pm.

09 October 2014

Going Batty

October has begun and we have started learning all about bats!  We are just beginning our bat study and have already asked questions about bats and have begun to read some non fiction books to learn about bats.  We will continue learning about bats and creating a "Bat Facts" book to record some of the information we learn throughout the month.

Students have been working on the handwriting of the letters g, x,  and b this week.  Please continue to work on handwriting at home with your student.  We have also worked on the sounds of letters x, q, u, y and w.  Along with letter sounds we have continued practicing phonemic awareness skills of syllables, beginning sounds and rhyming.

In mathematics we have been working on sorting a variety of objects.  Continue working on sorting various objects at home and also have your child talk about how he/she sorted.  It is important that students can have a conversation about mathematical skills such as sorting to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the skill.  Therefore, having your child explain his/her sorting rule to you or being able to explain why an item belongs in a certain group is just as necessary as the action of sorting.

We will be focusing this month on the reading comprehension strategy of schema.  Schema is using background knowledge to make connections to the text being read.  (Check out our literacy tab above for more information.)  We are learning about text to self connections, text to text connections and text to world connections.

Thank you for continuing to complete handwriting homework each week as well as reading with your child.  You should have received the kindergarten October reading calendar to keep track of the minutes read throughout the month.  The difficult task this month is for students to learn their address!  Thanks for your help with this core card skill.  Several exciting activities are coming up this month:  a field trip on October 28th to Pumpkinland and the Halloween Parade on October 31st (11:15 am for the AM students and 1:30 pm for the afternoon students).  Plan on attending SEP (parent ) conferences on October 22nd or 23rd.  Please use the online process to schedule your appointment or contact the front office for assistance. 

04 October 2014

October Upcoming Events

Picture Retake Day:  Wednesday, October 1st

Fall Break (no school):  Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th

SEPs (parent conferences):  Wednesday, October 22nd from 2:40 pm-8:30 pm & Thursday, October 23rd from 8:10-11:00am (as per online scheduled appointment- contact the front office with any questions).

No AM Kindergarten:  Due to SEP conferences there will be no Kindergarten held in the morning of October 23rd.

No School:  October 24th 

Pumpkinland Field Trip:  Tuesday, October 28th  We will be outside the whole time enjoying the farm so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.  Students will attend their regularly scheduled kindergarten session.

Halloween Parade:  Friday, October 31st  The morning students will have their parade at 11:15am and the PM kindergarten students will join in the school wide parade at 1:30 pm.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school on that day.  Please no masks, weapons or gory costumes.